Group Executive Committee

Our executive team (GEC)

Here, you can have a read of our executive team bios.

Barry O'Dwyer

Group Chief Executive Officer

Barry O'Dwyer joined Royal London in September 2019 as Group Chief Executive Officer. He has extensive experience in financial services, having started his career at a mutual insurance group in 1988. He trained and qualified as an actuary and held a number of senior management positions in both the UK and Ireland. Prior to joining Royal London, he was CEO of Pensions & Savings and a director of Standard Life plc. Barry was appointed President of the Association of British Insurers in July 2021.

Daniel Cazeaux

Group Chief Financial Officer

Daniel Cazeaux is a chartered accountant and was previously a Partner at KPMG in the UK where he led global client teams delivering audit services to UK and global insurance companies, as well as advising on finance change programmes and transactions. In his time at KPMG he also performed executive secondment roles into finance functions of large UK insurers and has deep-rooted specialist and commercial expertise.

Noel Freeley

Chief Executive Officer – Royal London Insurance DAC

Noel Freeley joined Royal London in 2013. In 2020, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer– Royal London Insurance DAC and a member of the Board of RLI DAC with responsibility for devising and executing the Group’s strategy in the Irish business. Prior to joining Royal London, he headed up the pensions and protection business at Co-operative Insurance.

Hans Georgeson

Chief Executive - RLAM

Hans Georgeson joined Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) in April 2021 with overall responsibility for managing the business, and as a member of the Royal London Group’s executive committee. Hans started his financial services career in 1996 as an equity analyst at BZW Investment Management, the asset management arm of Barclays. Hans remained with Barclays until 2010, progressing through a number of executive roles at Barclays Wealth, Gerrard Investment Management and Barclays Stockbrokers. In 2010 Hans joined Architas, a fledgling UK asset management business wholly owned by AXA. Under his tenure the business grew to over £40bn assets, operating across 13 countries. Hans graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Politics, Philosophy & Economics and a Masters degree in Economics. He completed his MBA at INSEAD in 2000.

Jon Glen

Group Chief Operations Director

Jon Glen joined Royal London in 2005. He is Group Chief Operations Director, responsible for the development and effective delivery of the UK Customer Service functions, Procurement and Workplace capabilities. Prior to joining Royal London, he held senior roles within sales, telecommunications and outsourced servicing organisations. He has been a Trustee Director for Irish Pension schemes and is an Executive Director of several Group subsidiary companies.

Jo Kite

Chief Customer Officer - Decumulation

Jo Kite re-joined Royal London in 2021 as the Chief Customer Officer for Later Life and Decumulation. She is a member of the Royal London Group’s executive committee and is responsible for devising and executing strategy for UK customers in later life stages. Jo has extensive experience in financial services, having started her career at Aviva in 1993. She trained and qualified as an actuary and held a number of senior management positions at Aviva in both the UK and Europe. Prior to joining Royal London, she was Managing Director at Willis Towers Watsons, leading their Defined Benefit Scottish business, Defined Contribution Consultancy practice, and Master Trust business. She has led Marketing, Proposition, Operations and Finance functions at executive levels across Platforms, Retirement and Workplace at Standard Life and more recently Royal London.

Tracey Kneller

Group Chief People Officer

Tracey Kneller joined Royal London in May 2020 as the Group Chief People Officer. Prior to this, she was Chief People Officer at The Co-operative Bank where as a member of the Executive Committee she was part of the team that managed the separation from the Co-operative Group and a recapitalisation in 2017. She has considerable industry and technical expertise, gained from a variety of roles at Vodafone Group, First Choice Holidays and Sainsbury’s.

Susie Logan

Group Chief Marketing Officer

Susie Logan joined Royal London in March 2020 and was appointed to the GEC as Group Chief Marketing Officer in January 2021. She was previously Brand and Marketing Director at Standard Life where she led a significant transformation of marketing capabilities. She brings a wealth of knowledge in marketing in the financial services sector where she has 20 years’ experience, including positions held at Scottish Widows, Zurich Life and Bank of Ireland Mortgages.

James McCourt

Group Chief Risk Officer

James McCourt joined Royal London in 2012. Before his appointment as Group Chief Risk Officer in 2019, he held a number of key leadership roles within the Group, including Group Chief Conduct Officer, Chief Risk Officer (Royal London Asset Management) and Investment Office Director. Before joining the Group, he worked across a number of sectors, holding senior roles in private equity, banking and insurance firms.

Will Pritchett

Group Chief Information Officer

Will Pritchett joined Royal London in January 2020 as Group Chief Information Officer with responsibility for technology, change and digital. He has worked in financial services technology for over 20 years having joined from KPMG where he was Partner for Technology and strategic adviser and delivery lead to Royal London. Before that he was a Senior Executive at Accenture and Royal Sun Alliance and has worked globally transforming technology estates.

Julie Scott

Chief Commercial Officer

Julie Scott joined Royal London in May 2021 as Chief Customer Officer – Decumulation and in July 2021 was appointed as Chief Commercial Officer for the UK Life business. She has over 25 years’ experience in banking, insurance and wealth management, most recently as CEO of 1825 Financial Planning & Advice. Julie has worked across multiple brands and geographic territories with a focus on improving customer outcomes and experience. She has held senior positions for Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest, Citizens Bank and Standard Life Aberdeen and has a BA (Hons) in Business Economics.

Fergus Speight

General Counsel

Fergus Speight joined Royal London in April 2011 as General Counsel and leads an award-winning team providing legal advice and guidance to the Board and the Group. His insurance experience began at Sun Alliance, becoming a senior underwriter before pursuing a career in law. He trained as a solicitor at Standard Life in Edinburgh, following which he held senior legal roles at General Accident (now Aviva), Nomura and Resolution Group (Phoenix).

Jerry Toher

Chief Customer Officer – Accumulation

Jerry Toher joined Royal London in 2011 and was appointed Chief Customer Officer – Accumulation in January 2021. Prior to that, he held the role of Chief Executive Officer, Consumer for eight years, launching the new D2C business in 2014. He has extensive marketing and leadership experience in retail financial services. His previous roles include Marketing Director of NatWest and RBS retail banking, Marketing Director and Managing Director at egg.com as well as other senior roles in RBS, Prudential and N&P Building Society.